What kind of ‘abundant life’ are we striving for?

I remember the first time I heard the word abundant. I assumed it meant large amounts of things, to overflow with stuff. I wasn’t far off. This word “abundant” in the Greek is perisson, meaning “exceedingly, very highly, beyond measure, more, superfluous, a quantity so abundant as to be considerably more than what one would expect or anticipate.”

In life, I think we are all striving to have an abundant earthly life. We want to be able to achieve a level that allows us to enjoy the world we live in and not have to worry whether we will have clothes to wear, or if we will have food on the table.

Others look at abundant life as lavish homes, expensive cars, exotic vacations and more money that we know what to do with.

In reading the bible, it talks about abundant life, but in a different way than most think. Jesus said in John 10:10, “The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.”

Unlike a thief, the Lord Jesus does not come for selfish reasons. He comes to give, not to get. He comes that people may have life in Him that is joyful, meaningful, purposeful, and eternal. The moment we turn to Him and put our faith and trust in Jesus, we receive this abundant life.

It’s normal to crave material things. I know because I like things. I like getting a new phone, or a new car, or a new pair of sneakers. But that’s not abundant life. That’s temporary pleasure.

As believers in Christ, our perspective on life must be revolutionized. In Romans 12:2, it says to be transformed by the renewing of our minds. We must renew our mind daily and focus on the eternal not the temporal. But that’s not abundant life. That’s temporary pleasure.

Our understanding of “abundance” must be transformed into a greater purpose. A greater view on the fruits of the spirit. Love, joy, peace, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, patience, gentleness and self-control.

Having stuff is fine. But let us focus less on the temporal and more on the eternal.

Jesus came and died for you and for me. He came to give us life, everlasting life. Start seeking that abundant life today by putting your faith and trust in Him.

This post originally appeared on JasonRomano22.com and was republished with permission.

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